News agencies TASS, RIA Novosti Russia’s Kremlin quoted Peskov as saying the case was still unclear and that more forensic tests were needed to confirm whether Wagner’s force boss, Prigozhin, was indeed dead. Final test results will be declared on completion.
Russian officials previously said Prigozhin was on a list of 10 people on board the plane that crashed in the Tver region on August 23. All were killed, but so far there has been no official confirmation of the discovery or identity of Mr. Prigozhin’s body. The cause of the plane crash is not clear.
Peskov said it was unclear whether President Putin would attend Prigozhin’s funeral or whether he was in fact dead, as the Kremlin boss’s schedule was “very busy”.
Yevgeny Prigozhin took President Vladimir Putin on a tour of his factory outside St. Petersburg in September 2010. Photo: Sputnik
The accident occurred about two months after Wagner’s failed uprising in Russia.
On the evening of 24 August, President Putin spoke about the incident and described Mr. Prigozhin as “a man with a complex fate who has made many serious mistakes in his life”.
Also on August 24, Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, stated that his initial assessment was that Prigozhin was likely killed. However, depending on the channel NBCRyder dismissed speculation that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
a US intelligence official said NBC or the possibility that the plane was sabotaged – with the leading theory being that there was an explosive on board – but they did not have enough information to confirm.